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Apple will reportedly unveil new iPhone, iPad models on March 21

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 29, 2016 8:24 am

Apple will reportedly unveiling a new iPhone and iPad on March 21, according to both Recode and Buzzfeed. It could happen slightly before that, or shortly after - but it's reportedly definitely happening.

 

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As for what we'll see, Apple is expected to unveil the smaller iPhone SE - which should arrive as a revamped, A9-powered, 4-inch smartphone. The company will also reportedly unveil a new, smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which is the same size as the original iPad, but with the guts of the iPad Pro.

 

Not only that, but we should see some new Apple Watch straps that will have the whole world in awe.

Samsung making newer, speedy 256GB flash chips for phones and tablets

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2016 10:05 pm

Samsung is getting serious about mobile storage. They may have brought back expandable storage with the Galaxy S7, but they want native storage to grow exponentially as well. And they're doing that by producing 256GB embedded NAND using the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 standard.

 

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The UFS 2.0 standard will allow phones to enjoy read speeds that are nearly twice as fast as SATA 6, though still lagging behind NVMe enabled PCIe SSD's. The new embedded UFS 2.0 NAND from Samsung will be able to read at around 850MB/s and write at a much lower, but still acceptable, 250MB/s. They're quoting that it'll be able to sustain around 45,000 IOPS, which is far faster than the previous generation.

 

Samsung says that this is the ideal solution to record 4K footage to, since more mobile phones are beginning to have 4K capabilities. The faster interface means you can actually record them without having to rely on buffering in RAM or otherwise.

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HTC teases the 'Power of 10' for its upcoming One M10 smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2016 7:34 am

HTC didn't tease too much during Mobile World Congress, apart from the new mid-range Desire smartphones, but the Taiwanese giant is now teasing the 'Power of 10'.

 

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On the final day of MWC, HTC teased the rumored One M10 smarpthone - which should be HTC's next-gen smartphone. The company emailed us with a tease of the "Power of 10", and that's it - HTC said that the world should "Stay tuned for more".

 

As for the One M10, what should we expect? Well, notorious mobile leaker @evleaks siad that the HTC One M10 would arrive to US stores on May 9, which means we should expect an HTC press event in the near future.

Samsung's Galaxy S7 has the best OLED display in a smartphone yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2016 6:08 am

Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones at Mobile World Congress earlier this week, with DisplayMate putting it under its equipment to test out just how good the new 5.1-inch QHD display really is.

 

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Well, DisplayMate walked away more than impressed. The company said that the Galaxy S7 features the best OLED display its ever seen, with subtle improvements in brightness and contrast over its predecessor. The AMOLED display on the Galaxy S7 is 24% brighter than the Galaxy S6 display, which is important for visibility in various conditions. Contrast has been improved, with the Galaxy S7 falling closer to the larger Galaxy Note 5 - but offers higher pixel density than its larger sibling.

 

Samsung introduced Personalized automatic brightness with the Galaxy S7, a new feature which remembers the brightness settings you've chosen through ambient light levels. This results in the Galaxy S7 adjusting its brightness to your specific personal preferences, something else DisplayMate liked to see.

T-Mobile unboxes a Galaxy S7 underwater

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2016 12:01 am

T-Mobile product expert Des takes a dip while showing you exactly what to expect out of the Samsung Galaxy S7 in the unboxing video below. That's one way to show off water resistance, right?

 

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Throughout the video, Des takes a call from his friend Darrel, snaps pictures, and streams TV, all the while indecipherably talking up the features (how about that 200GB microSD expandable storage?). A couple of things not mentioned in the video: The S7 includes caller ID (the traditional kind) and fraud and scam call flagging by default, as well as a very respectable 3000mAh battery.

 

Oppo says it can charge a 2500mAh battery in less than 15 minutes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 24, 2016 8:15 am

MWC 2016 - Most high-end smartphones can have their 2500-3000mAh batteries charged in around 1-1.5 hours, but how about 15 minutes? That's what Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo is teasing at Mobile World Congress.

 

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The new technology is called Super VOOC, and can charge an empty smartphone battery in only 15 minutes. Oppo's impressive technology is still in the prototyping stage, but the company says that its smartphones coming out later this year and early 2017 will feature the super fast-charging batteries. At MWC 2016, Oppo showed off a reference smartphone with a 2500mAh battery that went from empty to 85% charge in just 7 minutes, which is damn impressive.

 

Qualcomm's competing technology, Quick Charge 3.0, can get a smartphone from 0-80% in around 35 minutes, so Oppo has something impressive right now - but is only at the prototype stage. While Qualcomm's QC3.0 is slower, it's here right now.

NVIDIA Shield finally receives its new Android 6.0 update

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 24, 2016 5:07 am

After promising it earlier and delays because of issues with the update, Android 6.0 has arrived on the Tegra X1-powered NVIDIA Shield. NVIDIA Shield is the company's 4K-capable Android TV-based device, which you can read all about here in our review.

 

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The new update doesn't just include Google's latest mobile OS, but it also includes the next generation Vulkan API. With support for Vulkan, the NVIDIA Shield becomes the first consumer product based on Android to support the next-gen API. The new Android 6.0 update for Shield doesn't just include Android 6.0 and Vulkan, here's the full update log:

 

  • Upgradable storage and home screen customization
  • Quick access to the power menu on the home screen by long pressing the 'Back' button
  • Seamless switching between surround sound and headset audio in Netflix app
  • Wireless support for SHIELD controller when charging via USB, including headset audio and voice search
  • Improved color support for YUV 4:2:0 video playback
  • Option to set 1080p 60Hz resolution on Ultra HD TVs
  • Option to set RGB Full Range via Settings > HDMI > Dynamic Range
  • Improved support for Denon receivers and CEC volume control for more audio receivers

Samsung Galaxy S7 lets you flag scam, fraud calls

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 23, 2016 3:03 am

We reported a lot of reasons to get excited about the Galaxy S7 earlier today, and now we have a few more, thanks to a partnership between Whitepages and Samsung.

 

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The collaboration between the two companies means you'll have virtually complete knowledge and control of who's calling you and who can call you with the S7. Caller ID will tell you the who, even if they're not in your contacts, as well as if the number has been reported as fraud or spam. Naturally, you can report numbers as fraud or spam yourself.

 

All of this functionality is already available via the Whitepages app, which can be used with any phone, but to have it integrated by default is breaking new ground.

Panasonic just announced the toughest pair of mobile phones yet

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 23, 2016 12:08 am

Panasonic never ceases to amaze with the types of rugged sturdy computing devices they churn out. The newest phones Toughpad phones, the FZ-N1 and F1 with Android 5.1.1 and Windows 10 respectively, up the ante considerably while keeping them competitive with other high-end phones.

 

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They have the extreme end of the hardware spectrum, but they're both powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 running at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The 4.7" 720P display is incredibly bright and you'll actually be able to read the screen in direct sunlight. And because this is marketed towards those that need a tough phone, gloved fingers won't be a problem with it's sensitive screen. It wouldn't be a toughbook product if it didn't have a slew of accessories mounted on it, like a barcode reader, NFC, dual SIM capability and a microSD slot.

 

Nor would it be cut from the same cloth as Panasonic's other rugged series of devices without an absolutely massive battery, either. Two options are available for both devices, a normal 3200mAh or a 6200mAh battery. And you can swap out batteries while it's running.

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Kyocera shows off a unique prototype solar-powered smartphone

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 22, 2016 8:00 pm

Kyocera has a pretty interesting invention that they're showing off at MWC this year; the solar powered phone. This little device is a rugged proof-of-concept meant to integrate usable solar panels into a smartphone. And it works, sort of.

 

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Last year they showed off a phone that integrated solar cells into the phones display. It was a very interesting concept that could potentially be very useful in certain, more rugged, sectors of the workforce. Or even those wanting to go off the grid completely. The redesigned solar cell technology, called Wysips Glass, from Sunpartner Technologies are much more efficient this time around. Three minutes of sun bathing net you a minute of uninterrupted talk-time. The device has a 5-inch 1080P screen with a newly designed app that can tell you how efficient it's charging. The other specs are absent at the moment.

 

The concept is just that, a rugged concept trying to show how easily this technology can be used. And like most concepts, it likely won't go to market in this form, but will form the basis for the integration of this into existing or newer technologies. Just the mere fact that transparent solar cells can be integrated into glass is a step towards bringing clean power to everyone through putting this into windows on buildings everywhere. The phone is a nice start, and seems to be a well thought-out design, thus far.

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